Battle for Athens (Click to Purchase, $15, ISBN: 978-1-937536-31-2, Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-68114-162-6, LCCN: 2012912824, 6X9″, 56pp): In 1946, 3,000 World War II veterans returned to McMinn County, and discovered a corrupt and oppressive government that engaged in false arrests, bribery, extortion, and other crimes. They put together an all-G.I. ticket in the town elections. On election-day, Senator Cantrell and Sheriff Mansfield, the corrupted party, engaged in election fraud, even shooting Tom, a black farmer, for voting against them. The veterans acquired guns and mounted a violent defensive revolt.
*Pushcart Prize Nominee for 2012
Dr. Anna Faktorovich published a poetry collection Improvisational Arguments (Fomite Press, 2011), Book Production Guide (Anaphora, 2012), and her scholarly book, Rebellion Genre in the Novels of Scott, Dickens and Stevenson, is forthcoming with McFarland in 2013. She has been teaching college English for three years. She has a Ph.D. in English Literature and Criticism and an M.A. in Comparative Literature. She won the MLA Bibliography and the Brown University Military Collection fellowships. She is the Founder, Director, Designer and Editor-in-Chief of the Anaphora Literary Press, which has published over 40 book titles, and participates in CELJ and IBPA.
“What we left behind is not always what we return to. ‘Battle for Athens’ is a collection of poetry from Anna Faktorovich, who uses her poetry to tell the story of World War II veterans returning to Athens, Tennessee, to a city run by a corrupted government. Telling of the veterans rising up politically, then arming themselves violently, ‘Battle for Athens’ is a riveting twist of poetry with an enticing premise, much recommended…”
–James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Small Press Bookwatch: December 2012, Midwest Book Review, The Poetry Shelf
“You will probably read Battle for Athens in one sitting, unable to stop reading as this shocking historical tale unfolds in its pages, reminding the reader that democracy is fragile. You will feel transported into the middle of the fray, bullets around you, desperate G.I.’s having to fight again on their home soil for the rights they had already won abroad. The book will haunt you with its suggestions that we, too, have to watch out for those corrupt officials who would steal our democracy. The reader is dropped right into the middle of the action and the anguish, as well as sharing the satisfaction of the G.I.’s victory over evil.”
—Dr. Glen A. Mazis, professor at Penn State Harrisburg, author of The River Bends in Time
“The Battle for Athens by Anna Faktorovich is a fascinating read about U.S. government corruption and the 1946 battle against it in Athens TN. Not only is the story fascinating, but Faktorovich’s format emphasizes the beauty and terror inherent in the uncovered illegalities and ensuing battle against them. She writes this history entirely in poetry with each poem standing alone and also each poem returning to and becoming an integral part of the complete story… You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy it. The Battle for Athens is well worth your reading for enjoyment as well as for information about this little known period.”
—Dr. Audrey Lavin, author of Aspects of the Novelist: E. M. Forster and a series of Eloquent murder mysteries, audreylavin.com
“Wielding language that is simple and sharp, poem by poem, Faktorovich presents her reader with a vile and noble slice of American history. Battle for Athens explores the worst and best of our country, the worst and best of humanity. These words must be read and read again. The education they offer is invaluable.”
—S. Thomas Summers, author of Private Hercules McGraw: Poems of the American Civil War